"The augmentation of intracellular delivery of peptide therapeutics by artificial protein transduction domains."
Yoshikawa T, Sugita T, Mukai Y, Abe Y, Nakagawa S, Kamada H, Tsunoda S, Tsutsumi Y.
Biomaterials. 2009 Jul;30(19):3318-23.
Protein transduction domains (PTDs), such as HIV-derived Tat, have been successfully used as functional biomaterials for intracellular delivery of anti-cancer macromolecular drugs (protein, peptides, and oligonucleotides). Although there were therefore great expectations regarding the therapeutic potential of PTDs for the development of anti-cancer therapeutics, their clinical application so far has been extremely limited because of the relatively high concentrations required to mediate any effects on cancer cells in vitro or in vivo. In this context, improving the transduction efficiency of PTDs using phage display-based molecular evolution techniques may be useful for creating artificial PTDs with high efficiency and safety. Here, we report an evaluation of transduction efficiency and toxicity of such artificial PTDs (designated mT02 and mT03) compared with Tat. The internalization of mT02 was the most rapid and efficient by a mechanism different from the usual macropinocytosis. Furthermore, we found that artificial PTDs fused with survivin antagonistic peptide potentiate tumor cell-cytostatic activity. Thus, the results of this work provide new insights for designing new-generation peptide therapeutics for a wide variety of cancers as well as those expressing survivin.